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Pictures of 32 forms of Ganesha – Photo Gallery and Slide Show of 32 forms of Ganesh

Ganesha appears before his devotees in several forms – among them some forms have been clubbed together thus we have collections like 8 forms of Ganesha and also 32 forms of Ganesh. Zeenews has put a photo gallery and slide show of the 32 forms of Ganesh. Along with the pictures of the 32 forms of Ganesha, there is also a simple explanation of each form like - Bala Ganapati is ‘the Childlike’ for of Ganesha. In His hands He holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all representing the earth’s abundance and fertility. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, the modaka. You can view the photo gallery here at the official website of Zeenews
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Emerald Gemstone for Nakshatras Ashlesha, Jyeshta and Revati - Navratna Marathakam or Panna

Emerald or Marathakam is the gemstone assigned to Nakshatras Ashlesha, Jyeshta and Revati. Ashlesha is also known as Ayiliyam and Jyeshta is known as Kettai or Thriketta. Navratnas are worn by people who believe in astrology to solve horoscope or janmakunadali related problems. Wearing the Gemstone is believed to help in gaining happiness, wealth and it also helps in leading a healthy life.Marathakam or Panna is associated with Navgraha Budha or Mercury. It is believed that if people born in Ashlesha, Jyeshta and Revati Nakshatras wear Navratna Emerald they will be blessed with good intellectual powers. They will also be blessed with good memory power.

Pushpuck – Online Comic Book Based on the Forgotten Tales from Hindu Tradition

Pushpuck, or Pushpaka Vimana, is the legendary aircraft used by Ravan in Ramayana and later Sri Ram arrived in Ayodhya on it after defeating Ravana. Umesh Shukla, an animator involved with animated story telling in Hollywood, has released an online comic book titled Pushpuck – the first tale in the series narrates story of a young boy Tarak and his sister – who gave Sri Ram the most wonderful welcome on his return to Ayodhya. Of course, Pushpaka Vimana is also part of the story. About Pushpuck by Umesh Shukla Valmiki and Tulsidas describe Pushpuck as a plane that flies faster than thoughts. Pushpuck to me represents all the dreams and imaginings that I grew up with. My imagination had no superman or Spiderman in it, instead it had characters and stories that my mother and grandmother told me. Every festival, my mother asked me to be the token Brahman as I performed the puja and read the stories associated with each of the festivals from a book. These stories have remained within me sin…

Tala Navami – Tal Navmi Vrat

Tala Navami is an auspicious day observed in the Bhadra month (August – September) in eastern parts of India, especially in Bengal and Orissa. Tal Navami 2018 date is September 18. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month. The day is highly auspicious to Goddess Durga.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Durga Temples on day. Some people also observe a vrat on the day. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The day also marks the preparation for the Durga Ashtami and Durga Puja which is now just a month away.

Kanni Masam 2018 in Malayalam Calendar – Kanni Month in 2018

Kanni Masam is the second month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kanni Masam in 2018 is from September 17 to October 17. Navratri is observed in this month.

Other important and auspicious days include Srinarayana Guru Samadhi day (September 21) and Amritanandamayi Birthday (September 27).
Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi –  October 9 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – September 25

Ekadasi Fasting days are September 20 and October 5

Pradosham are on September 21 and October 6.

Murugan Shasti Vratam is on September 15

Navratri begins on October 10
Puja Vyappu is on October 16 evening
Durga Ashtami is on October 17
Mahnavami is on October 18
Vijaya Dasami is on October 19
Vidyarambham is on October 19

Festivals and auspicious days include:
Vetti Kottu Ayiliyam - October 5

Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Thula Masam

Dr S Radhakrishnan Thoughts on Modern Life

Human beings are born to love and be loved. Errors are not sins. Man is weak and not vicious when he does wrong things. …the world has been transformed so rapidly and completely in its superficial aspects. Science helps us to build our outer life, but another discipline is necessary to strengthen and discipline and refine the living spirit. Though we have made enormous progress in knowledge and scientific inventions. We are not above the level of past generations in ethical and spiritual life. In some respects we have declines from their standards. Our natures are becoming mechanized, void within, we are reduced to atoms in community, members of mob. Life is not a simple geometrical pattern. The essence of life is creativity. It is a living creation of something new, not a dead connection of cause and effect. Dr S Radhakrishnan